Main definitions of airt in English

: airt1airt2

airt1

Pronunciation /ɛːt/

noun

dialect Scottish, Irish, British
  • A quarter of the heavens; a point of the compass; a direction. Hence more generally: a quarter, a locality.

    "all airts and pairts": all directions.

Origin

Late Middle English; earliest use found in Cursor Mundi: a Northumbrian poem of the 14th century. Probably from Irish aird compass point, quarter, direction and its cognate Scottish Gaelic àird (Early Irish aird point, especially compass point), perhaps from the same Indo-European base as ancient Greek ἄρδις spearhead.

Main definitions of airt in English

: airt1airt2

airt2

Pronunciation /ɛːt/

verb

Scottish, Irish
  • 1To direct, guide (a person or thing) to a place; to point or set moving in a certain direction.

  • 2To direct one’s way to or towards, to make for. Also of a wind: to blow (from a certain quarter).

Origin

Late 18th century; earliest use found in John Sinclair (1754–1835), agricultural improver, politician, and codifier of ‘useful knowledge’. From airt.